Gardening: Scissor keep my lawn looking trimBy Linda Fort
June 15, 2012
Facing a second working weekend in a row, I saw little hope of doing any gardening.
But at 11am on Saturday, there was suddenly a one-hour window of opportunity before I had to do my lunchtime calls.
Just enough time to mow the lawn and trim the edges I thought and – almost at a trot – I heaved the lawn mower outside.
Rattling round the garden with my push mower at a remarkable speed for one of my advanced years, I soon managed to cut all the bits of lawn.
But the job is not done until the edges have been trimmed – it is only then the magic happens.
I still had 20 minutes left and so down on my knees with the kitchen scissors I crawled round the edges, scooping out the weeds and spreading border perennials to create a proper clean gap between the neatly trimmed edges of the lawn and the plants in the border.
My lawn edging shears need sharpening and even then – when the grass is wet – they don’t work that well.
I am beginning to think kitchen scissors are actually a better way to tackle the job.
Although using edging shears means you can do the job standing up, you still have to go round afterwards and scoop out the weeds.
With scissors, you are on you knees already and can complete both actions at the same time.
This is not how gardening books will tell you to do it, but I am now quite happy with my own method.
You can also snip back anything dangling over the lawn to prevent it killing off the edges.
In my garden, that means day lilies, herbaceous geraniums and fibrous phormium leaves that only kitchen scissors will cut through.
And the magic result of this is that the whole garden suddenly looks spick and span – provided you don’t look too closely for couch grass in the borders.
Edging the lawn sharpens up the whole picture and creates the appearance, if only an illusion, of order and smartness.
There is no better way to spend an hour in the garden if that is all you can spare.
As it turned out, that was all I had last weekend – not even time to look at the vegetable patch as I crawled past to see if the beans had started climbing their poles.